New unit will prepare students for professional success in technology-driven fields
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 5, 2011)—Towson University has established the School of Emerging Technology, an institution focused on developing and supporting innovative, integrative and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate through doctoral levels. The unit will officially be launched in 2012.
The School of Emerging Technology, or SET, will be administratively housed within the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, but located at 7800 York Road. Its aim is to produce college graduates and postgraduates with marketable skills for career growth in technology-driven fields.
“Technology is changing everything—even how we have lunch,” says SET Director Michael O’Leary, also a professor of mathematics. “Now when you make a lunch date, you use Facebook, check your smart phone and use your GPS. These technological changes are impacting science and society as a whole, and understanding their implications requires an interdisciplinary approach."
Serving both faculty and students, the SET will collaborate with public, private and governmental partners to address the professional development needs of the technical workforce, and establish K-12 outreach initiatives to encourage more students at the pre-college level to pursue technology-based careers.
The unit will also serve as an incubator for interdisciplinary faculty and student research and other forms of collaborations on the study, development and application of the emerging technologies that most impact society at work, at home and in the community.